2022 NBA Mock Drafts

  • @Kyle__Boone
    # Team Player Pos
    1 Chet HolmgrenGonzaga, Fr C
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    Jabari Smith may end up going No. 1, not Holmgren, but I have a hard time right now believing this Magic front office -- the same one that was instrumental in drafting Giannis for Milwaukee and has infamously been obsessed with wingspan -- would pass on First Team All-Wingspan in Holmgren. He's a 7-footer with a reported 7-foot-6 wingspan capable of developing into one of the draft's best defenders. Hard to pass up.

    2 Jabari SmithAuburn, Fr PF
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    OKC is probably going frontcourt here, which likely leaves the choices between Jabari Smith or Paolo Banchero if Orlando goes with Holmgren. Smith is an elite shooting prospect for his size and a versatile defender to boot, the exact type of prospect who'd fit next to an already-set backcourt of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey.

    3 Paolo BancheroDuke, Fr PF
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    Houston grabs a future star to add to its frontcourt to pair with 2021 No. 2 pick Jalen Green, one of the most electric young guard prospects in the NBA. Banchero was an All-American in his lone season at Duke whose playmaking and overall polish on offense at 6-foot-10 can add another exciting dynamic to this young Rockets core.

    4 Jaden IveyPurdue, Soph SG

    Sacramento will be arguably where the draft may turn on its head. Anyone is in play here, I'd think, but if they're just taking best available talent, Jaden Ivey should get the nod as a promising potential future lead guard with elite athletic ability. But do they go guard with a lottery pick for the third consecutive year? Shaedon Sharpe, AJ Griffin and even Keegan Murray should all be in play here as well.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.2 11.1 3.3 1.9 39.9
    5 Shaedon SharpeKentucky, Fr SG

    Sharpe didn't play in his half-season stint with Kentucky, but it might not matter. He's one of the draft's most explosive athletes whose shot making and creation could pair beautifully next to Cade Cunningham.

    6 Keegan MurrayIowa, Soph PF

    Murray set a Big Ten Tournament record with 103 points in leading the Hawkeyes to four wins in four days and capturing the league's crown. He's a scoring threat from anywhere on the court. And coupled with his defensive smarts, he projects as one of the prospects most readily available to be a difference-maker for an NBA team.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    17.8 7.2 5.1 0.5 50.6
    7 TyTy Washington Jr.Kentucky, Fr PG

    Portland's gotta be thinking guard after dealing CJ McCollum and as Dame Lillard ages into his 30s. TyTy Washington is a smooth combo guard who primarily played off the ball at Kentucky but is sneakily one of the more polished passers in this draft.

    8 AJ GriffinDuke, Fr SF

    After starting the season injured, Duke slowly worked Griffin into the mix where he eventually was able to showcase his clear top-10 ability. A big wing who was nearly a 50% 3-point shooter, Griffin is already an NBA-ready scorer who just needs to fine tune his defense and be more consistent to potentially be the steal of the draft.

    9 Jeremy SochanBaylor, Fr PF

    The raw stats don't do justice to the impact Sochan made at Baylor and can potentially make in the NBA. He's a combo forward who can defend multiple positions, plays wing, power forward and center, and has playmaking ability to boot. Baylor at times even ran its offense through him! His versatility has him as a likely lottery pick months after not even being considered a definite one-and-doner.

    10 Ochai AgbajiKansas, Sr SG

    A year ago, Agbaji tested the draft waters and ultimately came back to school in a quest to improve his stock. And, well, mission accomplished. As a senior with KU this season he shot above 40% from 3-point range, embraced his role as the team's alpha scorer and -- oh, by the way -- led the Jayhawks to a national title. His NBA-ready body, defensive intensity and outside shooting scream NBA role player.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.5 14.2 3.7 1.9 42.2
    11 Bennedict MathurinArizona, Soph SG

    New York was 10th in its conference in 3-point shooting percentage this season, so Mathurin's an obvious gap-filler here in a great range. He shot 37% from the 3-point line as a sophomore with Arizona this season and has a quick, easily-projectable outside shot that will make him a valuable role-player for years to come.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    25 10.8 4.8 1.2 47.1
    12 Ousmane DiengFrance SF

    Dieng is quickly rising up draft boards after a strong close to the NBL season with the New Zealand Breakers, the team that once produced LaMelo Ball. He's a combo forward with guard skills. If his outside shot starts falling with regularity he could develop into a borderline star on the wing.

    13 Jalen DurenMemphis, Fr C

    Charlotte has waited patiently in addressing the center spot in recent drafts, but here, they grab a high-flying star in Duren who can defend the rim, run the floor and score it efficiently inside the arc. His lob-finishing ability makes him a perfect fit next to LaMelo Ball.

    14 Johnny DavisWisconsin, Soph SF

    This would be a bigger slip than expected for Davis, one of college basketball's true breakout stars this past season. He's arguably the most polished prospect from the guard spot whose three-level scoring and defensive versatility could easily thrust him into a big role upon arrival in the NBA.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.4 7 4.1 1.1 44.1
    15 Tari EasonLSU, Soph PF

    Eason, a big combo forward who can space the floor as a shooter, open up the offense as a straight-line driver and really impact the game on defense as a do-it-all weapon is a tricky one to pin down here. He's raw and his offense isn't quite NBA-ready but the physical tools and defense alone could get him into the teens of this draft on potential.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    19.5 7.3 5.9 1.3 46.2
    16 Mark WilliamsDuke, Soph C

    Potential insurance for Clint Capela down the road for Atlanta. Williams fits a similar mold as a more modern big who doesn't space the floor, and while his leaping ability is nowhere close to that of Capela's, he brings big value as a rebounder and rim-protector.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    15.1 7.1 4.5 0.7 66.4
    17 Dyson DanielsG League Ignite SG

    Daniels has a chance to be the first G League Ignite talent taken in this year's NBA Draft after a strong one-and-done season with the program where he showcased himself as a do-it-all guard. Teams should find his ability to put the ball on the floor and create most impressive, and his defensive intensity and rebounding stick out to me on tape. Still some rough edges but has the skill, feel and frame to be a safe pick, especially in this range.

    18 Jean MonteroOvertime Elite SG

    After recently watching more film of Montero from the Overtime Elite league this season, it's clear Montero has realistic lottery talent. He's a quick athlete who plays lead guard with pizazz and has playmaking skills as both a creator and shooter. I really like how he can attack the rim, and think his offense can translate to the NBA.

    19 Jaden HardyG League Ignite SG

    Hardy's stock slipped a bit this season with the G League Ignite -- he was inefficient and his decision-making left something to be desired on the court -- but you have to love his overall production. He's a gifted scorer who is only 19 years old and has plenty of room to grow and develop. Still like his talent as a definite first-rounder.

    20 MarJon BeauchampG League Ignite SF

    The oldest of the G League Ignite blue-chip talents, Beauchamp this season at 20 years old rode a strong season into first-round territory. Great size, very athletic, just needs to improve the shot to be a real producer. San Antonio's developmental track record would make this a strong marriage.

    21 Kendall BrownBaylor, Fr SF

    We never got the full-blown freshman breakout from Brown in the same way we did from teammate Jeremy Sochan, but Brown's absolutely going to be in the mix as a potential lottery pick this summer. Has a big frame, defends the wing like crazy and can stretch the floor as a shooter as well.

    22 Malaki BranhamOhio St., Fr SF

    Ohio State turned to Branham as one of its go-to options down the stretch run of the season, and he responded by averaging 17.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in the second half of the year. He's a big wing who can torch the net and scores it at a really high level, and now that he's committed to staying in the draft, should be in the mix as a potential lottery pick.

    23 E.J. LiddellOhio St., Jr PF

    Liddell doesn't quite fit into a traditional bucket as a prospect -- he's a tad undersized for a big -- but it's hard to ignore his production. He's a gifted scorer who finds ways to produce and he ranked among the top five of all Big Ten players in blocks and scoring. His improved outside shot and rebounding tenacity should help him stick in the league.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    29.3 16.2 6.7 1.8 47.4
    24 Kennedy ChandlerTennessee, Fr PG

    Chandler is the smallest of any prospect in the Top 60 of our rankings, so that stands out as a potential concern projecting him into the NBA. But if anyone can overcome that, it's him. Chandler's a lightning-quick talent who can blow by defenders and knows how to masterfully manipulate defenses with the rock in his hands.

    25 Harrison IngramStanford, Fr SF

    A long wing with raw potential, Ingram may have played his way into going one-and-done despite a lackluster finish to his freshman season at Stanford. He flashed some real potential as a big wing who could space the floor, defend and even create at times, a developmental project perhaps worth considering for the Spurs.

    26 Patrick Baldwin Jr.Milw., Fr PF

    Two consecutive seasons ending with Baldwin Jr. injured -- first in high school then as a freshman in college -- have sprung up potential durability concerns for him. But as a former top recruit in his class, Baldwin Jr. likely still goes in Round 1 because of his 6-9 frame and shooting upside.

    27 Blake WesleyNotre Dame, Fr SG

    Wesley's primary appeal out of Notre Dame is his scoring ability from the guard spot and his mature frame. He's adept at getting to his spots, creating with the ball in his hands and getting to the line by pressuring the rim. His efficiency took a hit down the stretch, and he's still plenty raw as a prospect, but there's a lot to like here for someone who just turned 19.

    28 Nikola JovicSerbia SF

    Jovic remains one of this draft's most unique prospects because of the blend of his size, shooting and creating. He's a really good passer and Mega has used him at times as its primary initiator, something you rarely see from a player that tall, which speaks to his vision on the whole. The point forward potential is probably not realistic at the NBA level but, like Josh Giddey in last year's draft, vision and creation ability regardless of level have a tendency to translate up. He's a connector, and a really good one at that.

    29 Walker KesslerAuburn, Soph C

    Memphis' front office loves winners who have produced at a high level in college, even if their projectability to the NBA isn't obvious, making Kessler a potential fit. He finished first among all college players in blocked shots per game and first in block rate and was hyper efficient as a scorer, though how he'll fit athletically and on defense into the NBA is a little cloudy.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    8.8 4.4 3.2 0.3 57.8
    30 Trevor KeelsDuke, Fr SG

    Tough wings who embrace their roles as defensive stoppers and have the ability to space the floor as shooters should always have a role in the NBA, which makes Keels an obvious first-round candidate even if his freshman season was a bit inconsistent. He has an NBA-ready frame and projects as a potential 3-and-D prospect at the next level.

  • @GaryParrishCBS
    # Team Player Pos
    1 Chet HolmgrenGonzaga, Fr C
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    I understand the concerns about Holmgren's slight frame — but he's such a unique talent that I'd be uncomfortable passing on a 7-foot legitimate rim-protector who can also bounce it like a guard and reliably make 3-pointers. He's the most talented prospect in this draft and should be selected as such.

    2 Paolo BancheroDuke, Fr PF
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    Banchero is probably the safest option at the top of this draft. He's a big, strong and skilled forward who could be an incredible building block in Oklahoma City alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

    3 Jabari SmithAuburn, Fr PF
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    Smith still needs to develop in lots of ways but he's already a great shooter and switchable defender who plays with great energy. If he doesn't go first or second — and he obviously could — the Rockets will be thrilled to snag him with the third pick in this draft..

    4 Jaden IveyPurdue, Soph SG

    Ivey is an explosive athlete who plays big and is capable of attacking the rim in a variety of ways. As the Kings continue to build, the Purdue star would be a great option at this point in the draft in part because he could reasonably play beside DeAaron Fox.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.2 11.1 3.3 1.9 39.9
    5 Keegan MurrayIowa, Soph PF

    Murray is a switchable big who can guard in space and consistently make shots from the perimeter. What he does, at his size, is perfectly suited for the modern NBA and would fit well with a Detroit franchise trying to return to respectability with Cade Cunningham as the centerpiece.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    17.8 7.2 5.1 0.5 50.6
    6 Shaedon SharpeKentucky, Fr SG

    Even though he enrolled in January and was eligible to compete, Sharpe never played at Kentucky in part because the people around him wanted to protect his status as a projected top-10 pick. Unless he really bombs in workouts, it's hard to imagine the explosive athlete going much lower than this considering he's a gifted scorer with the physical tools to be a disruptive defender on the wing in Indiana.

    7 Ochai AgbajiKansas, Sr SG

    I'm higher on Agbaji than most simply because I don't understand what's not to like about a 6-5 athlete who is a plus-defender on the wing and excellent 3-point shooter. Once you get past the top-tier prospects in this draft, the Kansas All-American makes as much sense as anybody and would provide Damian Lillard with a new teammate equipped to help from Day One.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.5 14.2 3.7 1.9 42.2
    8 Johnny DavisWisconsin, Soph SF

    Davis went from a mostly anonymous power-conference player to a candidate for national player of the year in his sophomore season at Wisconsin. An ankle injury limited him down the stretch, but he showed enough before that to justify his status as a projected lottery pick.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.4 7 4.1 1.1 44.1
    9 Jalen DurenMemphis, Fr C

    Duren isn't really the type of floor-spacing big franchises prefer these days, but he's such a physical specimen and great athlete that there's probably a place for him in the top 10 of this draft. At worst, he should be a terrific rim-running and rim-protecting center who alters shots and dunks everything.

    10 Bennedict MathurinArizona, Soph SG

    Mathurin was the star of Arizona's team that won the Pac-12 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-6 wing is an impressive athlete and above-average shooter who could lighten the scoring load on Bradley Beal in Washington.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    25 10.8 4.8 1.2 47.1
    11 Jeremy SochanBaylor, Fr PF

    Sochan is the rare sub-100 high school recruit who could be a one-and-done lottery pick. His ability to guard multiple positions in multiple ways is among the reasons he's a tantalizing prospect who is one of the most versatile players available in this draft.

    12 AJ GriffinDuke, Fr SF

    It took Griffin a little while to get comfortable at Duke because of a preseason knee injury that seemed to affect his ability to show his athleticism. But the five-star high school recruit, who is the son of former NBA player Adrian Griffin, eventually showed glimpses of why he's a lottery talent, mostly by proving to be a fantastic 3-point shooter who made 44.7% of his 4.1 attempts from beyond the arc per game.

    13 Mark WilliamsDuke, Soph C

    Williams, like fellow projected lottery pick Duren, is more of a traditional big than a modern big. But any franchise in need of a rim-protector and lob-catcher — like Charlotte — would have to consider him at this point in the draft.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    15.1 7.1 4.5 0.7 66.4
    14 Malaki BranhamOhio St., Fr SF

    Branham is a shooting guard with good size and great length who really flourished in the second half of the season. While shooting 41.6% from the 3-point line, the one-and-done standout became the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year and a legitimate lottery option for his home-state franchise.

    15 Tari EasonLSU, Soph PF

    Eason was a breakout star at LSU after transferring following a so-so first season at Cincinnati. He's a versatile frontcourt option who can guard multiple positions and punish defenses in transition opportunities.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    19.5 7.3 5.9 1.3 46.2
    16 Ousmane DiengFrance SF

    Dieng is a long and skilled prospect who still needs to develop but is worth a serious look anywhere outside of the lottery. He might not contribute immediately but definitely projects as an interesting long-term investment with undeniable potential.

    17 Dyson DanielsG League Ignite SG

    Daniels isn't quite the prospect previous Ignite stars have been but is still a fascinating guard with size who can play with or without the ball. His jumper, at this point, is the biggest area of concern.

    18 Walker KesslerAuburn, Soph C

    Kessler was arguably the best defensive player in college basketball this season while averaging 4.6 blocks per game. He's an incredible rim-protector with the potential to develop into a comfortable perimeter shooter.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    8.8 4.4 3.2 0.3 57.8
    19 TyTy Washington Jr.Kentucky, Fr PG

    Washington mostly played off the ball in his one season at Kentucky but projects as a lead guard in the NBA. Ankle injuries limited him in the second half of the season but the one-and-done Wildcat showed enough before he was hampered to solidify his status as a top-20 pick.

    20 Jaden HardyG League Ignite SG

    Hardy didn't do much over the past year to help his draft stock — but he's still a likely first-round talent capable of developing into a special player. Being drafted by a franchise like San Antonio would probably be the best thing for the trajectory of his career.

    21 Kendall BrownBaylor, Fr SF

    Brown never really became more than a role player in his one season at Baylor, which is notable and somewhat concerning. But the 6-8 wing still has the physical tools to make him worthy of a first-round pick from a Denver franchise desperate to put more talent around Nikola Jokic.

    22 Kennedy ChandlerTennessee, Fr PG

    The possibility of Tyus Jones leaving via free agency might have Memphis in the market for a point guard. At this point in the draft, the best option would be Chandler — the Memphis-raised product who has won at every level and already possesses a close relationship with Grizzlies' star Ja Morant.

    23 E.J. LiddellOhio St., Jr PF

    Liddell is the type of player who could help Brooklyn's core of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons theoretically compete for a title next season. He's undersized but effective.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    29.3 16.2 6.7 1.8 47.4
    24 Wendell Moore Jr.Duke, Jr SF

    Moore shot above 40% from 3-point range in his final season at Duke. The bet here is that his jumper is a translatable skill, which would be valuable in a place like Milwaukee, where chasing championships with Giannis Antetokounmpo is the goal for the foreseeable future.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    27.6 9.7 4.8 2.7 41.7
    25 Christian BraunKansas, Jr SG

    Braun is a wing with size who can guard his position, reliably make jumpers and finish in transition. He's the type of prospect who could flourish in the culture San Antonio has established.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.1 9.7 5.2 1.9 38.0
    26 Jean MonteroOvertime Elite SG

    Jalen Brunson's pending free agency could lead to a departure from Dallas, which might have the Mavericks targeting a primary ball-handler with this pick. If so, Montero, a deep-shooting guard who is still only 18 years old, would be a reasonable option.

    27 Blake WesleyNotre Dame, Fr SG

    Adding a young athlete to the backcourt wouldn't be the worst idea for a Miami franchise that has advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Wesley is exactly that and would be a steal at the bottom of the first round if his jumper becomes more consistent.

    28 Christian KolokoArizona, Jr C

    With James Wiseman's potential unclear, the Warriors could target a center with their first-round pick. Koloko is the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year with better mobility than most bigs his size.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    17.3 5.3 4.8 0.3 52.0
    29 Patrick Baldwin Jr.Milw., Fr PF

    Baldwin was a projected top-10 pick before he more or less disappeared for a year after choosing to play for his father at Milwaukee. The Grizzlies could afford to take a big swing here and see if they hit on another pick late in the first round.

    30 Nikola JovicSerbia SF

    Oklahoma City remains very much in rebuild mode with a young core of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort and Josh Giddey. Adding an 18-year-old international prospect like Jovic to the franchise could be a nice long-term move.

  • @DavidWCobb
    # Team Player Pos
    1 Jabari SmithAuburn, Fr PF
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    Smith's uniqueness as a 6-10 shooter helped him stand out in college basketball. But that skill will be defended more competently at the next level, which will force him to tighten his handle and hone his shot-creation acumen. Defensively, opponents will test the theory that he can guard 1-5 by trying to exploit his slender frame on the block while testing his quickness on the outside. Ultimately, though, all the tools are there, and he would be a solid fit in Orlando.

    2 Chet HolmgrenGonzaga, Fr C
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    Given the makeup of OKC's roster, Holmgren looks like the right call. The concerns over his physicality and ability to handle the rigors of the NBA with a lanky 7-foot frame are legitimate. But the Thunder are in a total rebuild and can afford him some time to develop.

    3 Paolo BancheroDuke, Fr PF
    Will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero get selected with No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

    In my pre-lottery mock draft, Banchero went to Houston at No. 1 overall. While he slips to No. 3 in this post-lottery version, he still lands with the Rockets, who feel like the right fit. Banchero would pair well with Jalen Green. His floor is as a solid all-around NBA four, which makes him a low-risk pick and no-brainer if available at No. 3.

    4 AJ GriffinDuke, Fr SF

    With the Kings deeply invested in De'Aaron Fox and also developing last year's No. 9 overall pick Davion Mitchell in the back court, they should take a hard look at Griffin as an off-ball threat whose elite 3-point shooting would make him a nice compliment to those two on the wing. With Fox entering his sixth season, the Kings need to capitalize on his prime. Griffin can help as a 3-and-D weapon immediately and develop into more over time.

    5 Keegan MurrayIowa, Soph PF

    Murray is a logical fit next to Cade Cunningham, a tremendous value if he slips to Detroit. if you throw out age (he'll be 22 on opening night) and just look at the game, there is a good chance Murray could be the first player from this draft class to make an NBA All-Star game. He's coming from a program that hasn't produced a first round draft pick since 1998, and considering the quantum leap he made as a sophomore, it's tantalizing to consider what additional elements of Murray's game can be unlocked by an NBA staff. He's well-equipped to guard all positions and is an offensive maestro who is especially effective in transition.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    17.8 7.2 5.1 0.5 50.6
    6 Jaden IveyPurdue, Soph SG

    The Pacers already have tons invested in their back court. But if Ivey is there at No. 6, they might have to take him. The way he gets downhill and finishes in the paint and at the rim with a combination of athleticism and touch is reminiscent of Ja Morant. While Ivey lacks Morant's distribution skills and is more of a shooting guard, the upshot is that he has the potential to be a better defender. That potential didn't manifest itself in college, but if an NBA team can unlock Ivey's defensive capabilities, they may find themselves with an All-Star.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.2 11.1 3.3 1.9 39.9
    7 Shaedon SharpeKentucky, Fr SG

    Sharpe has no college film to evaluate after enrolling at Kentucky in for the spring semester but not suiting up. He's billed as an athletic shooting guard with the explosiveness to create shots and finish at the rim, and he wound up as the No. 3 ranked prospect in the 2021 recruiting class. That slotting put him ahead of players like Jabari Smith, Jalen Duren and AJ Griffin. It's hard to see a prospect with those credentials slipping much further in this draft.

    8 Ochai AgbajiKansas, Sr SG

    Agbaji could make an NBA team better immediately as a plug and play 3-and-D wing. Considering the Pelicans are already a playoff team, he makes sense here, even though he's an older prospect. Solid NBA starter may be his ceiling, but the development he showed from his junior to senior season showcased his relentless work ethic and capacity for improvement.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.5 14.2 3.7 1.9 42.2
    9 Jeremy SochanBaylor, Fr PF

    Sochan is a nimble power forward who is comfortable shooting from the outside and guarding players at any position. Assuming he improves on the 29.6% 3-point mark he posted in one season at Baylor, Sochan should play in the league for a long time.

    10 Bennedict MathurinArizona, Soph SG

    Mathurin's length and ability to rise up to get a look late in the shot clock should serve him well at the next level. The jury is out on his defensive ceiling, but he has the tools and talent to become a solid two-way player over time.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    25 10.8 4.8 1.2 47.1
    11 Nikola JovicSerbia SF

    Of the international prospects in this class, Jovic seems like the safest bet. He's already adept at scoring from all three levels and shows signs of the defensive competency you'd hope for with an offensively gifted forward.

    12 Tari EasonLSU, Soph PF

    Eason enjoyed a breakout sophomore season after transferring to LSU from Cincinnati. He can score at all three levels and is a high-upside, versatile defender. His college coaches employed him as a sixth man, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Eason cast in the same role at the next level. At 6-8, he's like a perimeter-oriented Montrezl Harrell in terms of motor, grit and the type of role he may play.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    19.5 7.3 5.9 1.3 46.2
    13 Ousmane DiengFrance SF

    At 6-9 and with the coordination and flow of a guard, Dieng is among the most intriguing prospects in this class. The French prospect enjoyed a nice finish to his season with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL but will likely face a long road toward NBA proficiency.

    14 Malaki BranhamOhio St., Fr SF

    Branham's offensive efficiency stood out during his one season with Ohio State as he hit 53% of his 2-pointers and 41.6% of his 3-pointers. He showed big-time scoring ability while earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and could compare reasonably well to Malik Monk at the next level if he continues to prioritize his outside shot.

    15 Mark WilliamsDuke, Soph C

    The market for centers who don't shoot 3-pointers is lean in today's NBA. Williams is good enough as a shot blocker, rebounder and finisher to find a role, though. The 7-footer can bruise with anyone and is also active enough to hold his own in pick-and-roll situations.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    15.1 7.1 4.5 0.7 66.4
    16 TyTy Washington Jr.Kentucky, Fr PG

    Washington can play on or off the ball and is an intense defender, though at 6-foot-3 he may be too small to contest the shots of taller NBA wings. Nonetheless, he's a versatile guard with the doggedness and intangibles to find a role in the league.

    17 Jalen DurenMemphis, Fr C

    This is a considerable promotion for Duren from my last mock but still shy of lottery range, which is where many analysts expect him to be chosen. At minimum, he'll be a rim-running center who blocks shots and plays defense. Ultimately, if he is going to reach his potential, his overall offensive repertoire and comfort with the ball will need to develop immensely beyond what he showed in his lone season at Memphis.

    18 MarJon BeauchampG League Ignite SF

    Beauchamp will turn 22 just before the NBA season after taking an unorthodox path to the G-League Ignite program. But at the end of the day, he's a physically gifted wing who can become an NBA starter if his 3-point shot continues developing.

    19 Dyson DanielsG League Ignite SG

    Daniels served as the primary facilitator for G-League Ignite, averaging 4.4 assists per game in his 14 appearances with the program. His outside shot is a work in progress, but for a franchise with the leash to develop a raw playmaker, Daniels is worth taking a flyer on.

    20 Jean MonteroOvertime Elite SG

    Montero, who has been playing for Overtime Elite, looks the part of a future starting NBA point guard offensively with his ability to distribute the basketball and high-level handle. He put those traits on display in a Nike Hoop Summit exhibition vs. some of college basketball's top incoming freshmen. The questions here are whether his offense is good enough to outweigh some potential defensive limitations that come with being 6-2 and slender.

    21 Kendall BrownBaylor, Fr SF

    Brown was an elite role player in his lone season at Baylor as he showed excellent offensive efficiency as a secondary option. His athleticism and defensive versatility should help him carve out a long — though perhaps not All-Star caliber — NBA career.

    22 Kennedy ChandlerTennessee, Fr PG

    The knock on Chandler is that he's just 6-foot and slender, and to some draft heads that screams defensive liability. Sure, he can't guard bigger wings and post players, but Chandler's defense was arguably the most impressive aspect of his lone season at Tennessee. He can hold his own on that side and has plenty of offensive upside to warrant first-round consideration. He also logged the best vertical jump at the combine, which won't hurt his stock.

    23 Josh MinottMemphis, Fr PF

    Minott didn't get to show his full game much in one season at Memphis as he came off the bench and fought for minutes on a talented roster. But at 6-8 and with a 7-foot wingspan, the versatile forward is oozing with upside.

    24 Johnny DavisWisconsin, Soph SF

    His 30.6% 3-point shooting mark as a sophomore might scare some scouts, but Davis basically ran the show for a Wisconsin team not exactly known for having a modern offensive philosophy. In the right system, Davis will shine as a two-way talent because of his defensive tenacity and bucket-getting prowess. Over time, he'll need to trade some of his mid-range attempts for 3-point shots if he wants to fit in the modern NBA as an off-ball guard.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.4 7 4.1 1.1 44.1
    25 E.J. LiddellOhio St., Jr PF

    Liddell is like a slightly more athletic version of third-year Celtics forward Grant Williams, who is playing a big role for Boston in the NBA Playoffs after he was taken with the No. 22 pick in 2019. He's got a stocky build reminiscent of a traditional post player but can shoot 3-pointers and is agile enough to hold his own as a versatile weapon in the NBA.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    29.3 16.2 6.7 1.8 47.4
    26 Blake WesleyNotre Dame, Fr SG

    Wesley can put his head down, get to the paint and collapse a defense with the best of them. With an athletic 6-5 frame, he played the role of bucket-getter for Notre Dame as a freshman. Wesley still has tons of room to improve as a shooter and facilitator. But his offensive upside is excellent and he's got the tools to thrive defensively.

    27 Wendell Moore Jr.Duke, Jr SF

    Moore could wind up as a steal and find himself in the running for NBA All-Rookie honors, depending on where he lands. He can guard multiple positions, is efficient offensively and continues to improve his outside shot. He may not be a superstar, but he's a solid value play in the later half of the first round who can contribute early in the right situation.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    27.6 9.7 4.8 2.7 41.7
    28 Christian BraunKansas, Jr SG

    Braun faces a big decision on whether to return to Kansas and become a superstar and Big 12 Player of the Year candidate like Ochai Agbaji did last season. He's a dynamic forward who can guard 1-4, knock down 3-pointers and get to the basket. He's NBA ready now, but perhaps he could be a lottery pick after a full season in the college spotlight.

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.1 9.7 5.2 1.9 38.0
    29 Jaden HardyG League Ignite SG

    Hardy led G-League Ignite in scoring but did it on just 35.1% shooting in 12 games. The former No. 4 overall prospect from the 2021 recruiting class has plenty of upside, but it's going to take some risk-tolerance to use a first-round pick on him.

    30 Patrick Baldwin Jr.Milw., Fr PF

    If you've got some room for risk, Baldwin is a high-ceiling guy who is going to slip because of his rocky freshman season shooting the ball at Milwaukee. At 6-9, his long-term offensive upside is stellar. There are questions about his quickness and health, but he's certainly worth a look.

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